Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Three royal wedding in Greece

The marriage of the middle son of former King Constantine II and Queen Anne-Marie of Greece struck the right note for the first big royal wedding since the monarchy was deposed. (Princess Olga's wedding on Patmos was much more low-key.)

Determined to more successfully walk the tight-rope between dignity and discretion in the shaky economic and political milieu, Constantine invited royal star power to the incredibly beautiful island of Spetses. Letting the setting be the focus of attention, he masterminded a catwalk of royals to and from the rehearsals, church, and reception. Groom Prince Nikolaos was a bit past his prime (as photos of his hairline over the years would attest) and the media were rewarded for their time in the heat by the lovely bride, Tatiana Blatnik, who wore a stunning gown (not by her employer, Diane von Furstenberg). Maybe the cortege of children attending the bride were garbed in Marie Chantal wear - simply dapper boys in white shirts, cream suites, and Tod's-inspired shoes. The little girls were fit for tea in little smock dresses with white flowers in their hair.

Royal watchers are thrilled with the dress code of these recent weddings (Princess Victoria of Sweden, Prince Nikolaos, Prince Joachim of Denmark) of gowns for the ladies. A great way to break from day separates reminiscent of Ladies That Lunch. Princess Letizia is much more stunning in that pale blue pleated one-shoulder gown than in those white pant suits that cry Hillary Clinton. Empire cut gowns do nothing for Swedish Princess Madeleine and newly-wed Princess Victoria. Strapless made Princess Maxima almost sag-ima though the gown of Princess Marie of Denmark cunningly gave her some lift. Then again, showing everyone how it's done are Prince Pavlos and Marie Chantal, who look younger than when they married 15 years ago!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The late Duke of Parma, Prince Carlos Hugo de Bourbon Parma, to be buried in family crypt in Italy

The ambitious late would-be king of Spain, ex of the wealthy Princess Irene of the Netherlands, and professor, Prince Carlos Hugo de Bourbon, Duke of Parma, lived the life of an Enneagram 3. And he carried the Carlist banner in the decades the throne of Spain was in play.

Until he called it quits, much to the disgust of his brother, Prince Sixte-Henri, whose letter after his brother's death sounded very Enneagram One.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Prince Carl Philip's new squeeze - reality show/glamour model Sofia Hellqvist could become Sweden's Mette Marit

Just before her wedding to Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, single mother Mette Marit Tjessm Hoiby publicly regretted her party-girl past during a television interview. Taking a queue from Norway, perhaps in anticipation of an engagement, Sofia Hellqvist (Enneagram 7?) is quoted as regretting images of her making the rounds.

Should the 25 year old minor celebrity indeed land Sweden's racing/graphic designer bachelor prince at the altar, the Bernadotte royal family at least know everything is already out there! (Rumours of a sex tape plagued Marie Cavallier (Princess Marie of Denmark), though this never surfaced.) A quick search on the Internet will hit upon bikini, snake, (and less) model shots and YouTube for Slitz, a "gentleman's magazine" that you don't need a translation to understand, a stint on the hot-and-heavy Paradise Hotel reality show, and Sofia's comments on a liplock with Jenna Jameson in Las Vegas. (You read that right, it was not Jesse James...)

Sofia has been trying to show a python-less side of her with a humanitarian trip to Africa and trips and events by the side of Sweden's only prince. If it is true that her oat-sowing days are over, she and 31 year old Carl Philip may be an item that lasts longer than his ex, Emma Pernald. She has already met the King and Queen Silvia...